The Little Vampire

Author/Illustrator – Angela Sommer-Bodenburg33876597

Age – 8+

Tony loves horror stories. One night while he is watching a scary movie on TV he decides to get a drink from the kitchen. But in the darkness of his house and halfway back to his room he realises his TV has been turned off. He knows it wasn’t his parents – so who or what is in his room?

He finds something completely unexpected – a little vampire. This young vampire is called Rudolph and is looking for a friend. He likes reading just as much as Tony – especially stories about vampires. And he is soon flying off into the night with a copy of Dracula under his cloak.

Rudolph comes to visit weekly and even takes Tony to his crypt in the local cemetery. But Tony has to be wary of Rudolph’s family, Rudolph’s little sister who has a crush on him, and his own Mum and Dad’s questions about his new friend that only seems to visit late at night.

With 12 million copies sold of this classic tale written in 1979, this story is proven to be popular. Due out in an animated movie soon, the movie will be just as loved. (Not due out until approx May 2018 in NZ.)

(Scary, spooky, freaky, vampire, friendship, crush)


Prince of Dorkness


Author – Tim Collins

Age – 10+

Luke is a major wimp. He enjoys being a school prefect and studying for his end of year exams. All is going to plan for an A+ pass – until strange things start to happen.
Hair grows on his hands, his bones creak, his teeth suddenly look sharper than usual and the urge to eat raw meat is too strong to deny. What is happening! When he can’t fight the desire to run in the local forest, a stranger approaches him and tells him he can help.
Luke discovers he is becoming a werewolf and meets the rest of the local pack. His exams are pushed to the back of his mind as he ends up in the centre of a life long feud between his pack and a vampire sect!

(Vampires, School, Friendship, Humour)

Battle Lines (Department 19 – 3)


Author – Will Hill

Age – 12+

Larissa goes to work in the US and makes new friends. Although there is one person who is a little too friendly and she’s not sure how to handle it – and how much she should tell Jamie.

Jamie is busy with a new team, chasing vampires who have been released from high security prisons all over the world. And there is something different about these vampires.

Kate and Matt’s fathers are digging deeper into what they saw when they lost their children. But how far will they go to find out the truth?

And the kidnapped Henry Seward is still alive. His new host is Dracula, who isn’t very friendly…..

(Vampires, Love, Courage, Bravery, Government Departments, Secret, Friendships, Series, Loyalty)

Department 19 (Department 19 – 1)


Author – Will Hill

Age – 14+

Jamie Carpenter is sixteen. He lives with his Mum, his father dead after being shot as a traitor to his country. Angry, bullied and terribly lonely, his life is about to change. Something is out there… Something else is watching over him…

When Jamie’s Mum is kidnapped, he is drawn into Department 19 – an elite force to fight the evil of vampires and werewolves still living in our world today.

Driven to rescue his mum, Jamie searches for the truth about his father’s double life and what really happened the night he was shot.

Gripping, with strong characters and chapters moving between the past and today, to give the reader a history of the story. This series is at the top of my list.

(Action, Courage, Conflict, Friendship, Vampires, Family, Violence, Grief, Horror, Series, Secret)

Mystery at Riddle Gully


Author – Jen Banyard

Age – 7+

Pollo di Nozi is a budding reporter – publishing her own ‘Riddle Gully Gazette’, filled with stories about her small town. She wants to win a Youth Reporter Cadetship and is always on the hunt for a good story. When a stranger arrives in town with a weird accent and an interest in the town’s bat colony, Pollo’s avid imagination kicks in. Could he be a vampire? During Pollo’s sleuthing, she meets a new boy in town and together they unravel the Mystery at Riddle Gully.

This story has mystery, humour, family woes and a tale of an endangered bat colony. A great read for 7+

(Bats, Vampire, Humour, Journalist, Family, Endangered, Environment)

The Farm


Author – Emily McKay

Age – 13+

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Action packed. Bloodthirsty.This is the first part in a series.

(Vampires, Horror, Sisters, Siblings, Future, Dystopian)

The Lair

The Lair by Emily McKay

Author – Emily McKay

Age – 13+

The second part in this series. (The 1st being The Farm)

Ignore the cover of this book – it does nothing for what’s inside.

After their escape, Mel, Lily and Carter are trying to hide from the Ticks and others who want to harm them. Just as bloodthirsty as the 1st book, fans of vampires and action will enjoy this.